# 2005 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 2

The following problem is from both the 2005 AMC 12B #2 and 2005 AMC 10B #2, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

A positive number $x$ has the property that $x\%$ of $x$ is $4$. What is $x$?

$\textbf{(A) }\ 2 \qquad \textbf{(B) }\ 4 \qquad \textbf{(C) }\ 10 \qquad \textbf{(D) }\ 20 \qquad \textbf{(E) }\ 40$

## Solution

### Solution 1

Since $x\%$ means $0.01x$, the statement "$x\% \text{ of } x \text{ is 4}$" can be rewritten as "$0.01x \cdot x = 4$":

$0.01x \cdot x=4 \Rightarrow x^2 = 400 \Rightarrow x = \boxed{\textbf{(D) }20}.$

### Solution 2

Try the answer choices one by one. Upon examination, it is quite obvious that the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(D) }20}.$ Very fast.

Solution by franzliszt

## See also

 2005 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 1 Followed byProblem 3 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
 2005 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 1 Followed byProblem 3 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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